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California DUI attorney, California defense lawyerThe blitz of public service ads (PSA) developed by the Ad Council and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) emphasizing that buzzed driving is drunk driving flooded the airwaves throughout this past holiday season. Statistically, the need for increasing the awareness of this epidemic is strengthened as every day 28 people in the United States die due to an alcohol-related vehicle crash. Driving while under the influence (DUI) not only takes away a life too soon but the related damages contribute to a cost of $52 billion per year.

The series of hard-hitting PSA’s ran in conjunction with the holiday season beginning on December 26 through December 31. It was a timely effort since social drinking is heightened throughout the holiday season. The markets the PSA’s were distributed heavily was strategic by focusing on the ten states that could benefit most from the message due to the high rate of alcohol-impaired driving and DUI fatalities:

  • California,
  • Florida,
  • Georgia,
  • Illinois,
  • New York,
  • North Carolina,
  • Ohio,
  • Pennsylvania,
  • South Carolina, and
  • Texas.

This campaign, better known as the “Project Roadblock” initiative marks its 13th year in production as local broadcast stations donate airtime to relay the message of the dangers of driving while under the influence even at low-level alcohol consumption.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_chemical-testing.jpgIf you plan on drunk driving in the state of California, plan on having to take a breathalyzer test. That is to say, you do not have the right to refuse chemical testing if you are pulled over for alleged drunk driving in California. This is a right that you surrender with the acceptance of your California state license. If you refuse to submit or to complete the required chemical testing, you will be slapped with a hefty fine or mandatory imprisonment.

Per the California Department of Motor Vehicles, simply refusing to participate in chemical testing will also result in the suspension of one’s ability to drive a motor vehicle for one year (up to two years if there are multiple infractions in less than one year), in addition to fines and jail time.

According to the National Motorists Association (NMA), you could be slapped with heavy penalties as such even if you are not found to have a blood alcohol content (BAC) higher than the legal limit of 0.08 percent. If an accident occurs and you are found to have any alcohol content in your system and the official on the scene declares that you were too impaired to drive — even if you were below the legal alcohol limit — you can be declared responsible for the accident, even if it was not technically your fault.

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With summer’s official arrival, Californian’s are preparing for all types of water based fun. Millions of California residents safely enjoy boating on rivers, lakes, and on the ocean each summer. With nearly a million registered boats in the state, and no license required to operate a watercraft, the chance for danger while boating is high. Add alcohol into the mix, and the likelihood of an accident or injury becomes much higher.  For this reason, the state of California treats boating and drinking much like drinking and driving a motor vehicle. Though it is not illegal to operate a boat while drinking, the same legal limit of intoxication stands for boaters in California.

Alcohol and boating is a dangerous combination. Recent studies estimate that nearly 25 percent of boating accidents in the United States are alcohol related. Often, boating and drinking is more dangerous than drinking and driving, due to factors like engine noise, waves, wind, and glare from the sun. Operating a boat also requires specific skills like balance, coordination, and depth perception, all of which are suppressed when drinking alcohol. On top of that, alcohol often leads to overconfidence, cause watercraft operators to take more risks while boating. All of these factors lead to increased chance for accidents, collisions, injuries, or worse.  

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